How far we've come...
It cost a mere $49.50 back then, quite the deal considering the average price was over $100.00. But applying an inflation calculator to that $49.50 we see the lowly typewriter would cost a whopping $512.39 in 2005 dollars! For that much you could get a low end PC with basic word processing, a printer and probably a years worth of ink refills (ok, I'm exaggerating on the refills.. Has anyone else been tempted to buy a NEW printer for less than the refills on an existing one??)
But I see they did have upgrades for the typewriter we just don't seem to have for our PC's today. I've never seen a mink case mod before - have you? But then again, changing fonts is much easier today then it was with typewriters. It was interesting to discover that "ascii art" was around way before I ever thought it was. And I see that major keyboard modifications had as much chance of becoming mainstream back then as they do today (I'm wondering what it will take to change the mouse/keyboard as the predominant input interface). Look - this one even "threatens to revo-lutionize the present office typewriter".
The Modern Mechanic blog is one of my favorite feeds - good for a grin.